Bell’s palsy condition
Bell’s palsy disorder results from momentary paralysis or weakening of the facial muscles. It can happen if the facial muscles’ nerve swells and becomes irritated or crushed. The face will droop or stiffen on one side due to the disorder.
Symptoms for Bell’s palsy
These are some symptoms of Bell’s palsy,
- Weakness or total paralysis on one of the face that rushes quickly within 72 hours
- Drooping eyelid or mouth drooling
- Sour mouth
- Lack of flavor
- Eye discomforts, such as dryness or increased tears.
After developing these symptoms, consulting a doctor as soon as possible is essential because Treatment for Bell’s palsy is much more effective if started early (within 72 hours).
Causes resulting in Bell’s palsy disorder
Bell’s palsy occurs because the cranial nerve becomes swollen or compressed, resulting in paralysis. The exact cause of this occurrence is unknown, but what many medical researchers believe is herpes viral infection can be caused.
How is Bell’s palsy treated?
Bell’s palsy treatment involves:
- 10-day administration of steroid medicine
- Eyedrops and eye ointment- stop the affected eye from drying out
- Surgical tape to keep the eye closed
The doctor might prescribe prednisolone steroids, advising patients to begin within three days (72 hours) of the symptoms starting.
How long can a Bell’s palsy last?
Most people fully recover within nine months, but it can also take longer. In a minimum number of cases, facial weakness can be permanent.
If no signs of improvement exist after three weeks, proceed back to see a doctor. Some rare cases might need to go through surgery.
A deterrence to Bell’s palsy might be a mark of question.
Because an infection probably causes it, Bell’s palsy prevention is unknown. A person goes through Bell’s palsy only once in their lifespan, but in some instances, it can return; this might be more likely concerning heredity.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022